The head of the Ankara Bar Association Hakan Canduran called on Metin Feyzioglu, the chairman of the Union of the Turkish Bar Associations (TBB), to resign on Wednesday on the basis that he had lost his objectivity after making statement about the results of the recent election.
Following the elections Feyzioglu made a statement saying that the Republican People's Party (CHP) was unsuccessful in the election and should call for an extraordinary meeting in order to review election results.
"The only solution for the CHP is to hold a meeting for a vote of confidence about the party leader and then negotiate for a coalition with assuring personnel," said Feyzioglu.
The CHP gained 24.95 percent of vote and was the second most popular party in the election, but the party also failed to achieve a rise in its share of the national vote from previous elections.
Emphasising that Feyzioglu had commented on results regarding the political party he was formerly a member of - the CHP - Canduran said "President Feyzioglu’s respondents are obviously not his colleagues or the bar's. However, his call directed at his former party suggests that from now on, he cannot represent 87,000 lawyers independently and objectively.”
“We believe that his professional and political sense of morality will not allow him to overshadow both our occupation and the TBB. Thus, we expect him to do what is necessary,” Canduran added.
Feyzioglu responded to Canduran by saying that he used his democratic rights as an individual and will not take the calls for his resignation seriously.
Feyzioglu also accused Ankara Bar Association officials of being biased in favour of a political party and acting out of personal interest.
In July, 2012, Metin Feyzioglu became a council member of the CHP from the party’s science and culture platform. Feyzioglu resigned from the CHP after he was elected as the president of the TBB at the 32th Ordinary General Assembly by gaining 50 percent of the vote in May, 2013.
Feyzioglu had previously accused the government of failing to provide a permanent settlement to the survivors of the 2011 Van earthquakes while delivering a speech at the Council of State’s 146th founding anniversary in May 2014.
Following the accusations made by Feyzioglu, President Erdogan left the anniversary event saying that Feyzioglu was misrepresenting the truth and being rude to his guests.
The CHP has in the past held extraordinary congresses, which have been the scenes of strong leadership debates within the party. The last such congress one was held in September 2014, after CHP’s Yalova Deputy Muharrem Ince ran for chairmanship of the party against Kemal Kilicdaroglu, its current leader.
During his leadership bid Ince referenced the fact that his party failed in the presidential election against Erdogan, then-leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), in August 2014.
A leadership election in the party ended with Ince’s losing against Kilicdaroglu although debates between the two continued for a while.